Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays itineraries
Take on a challenging five-day trek through the rare cloud forests of northern Laos, to the summit of Phou Louey; ‘Forever Mountain'. This trek rewards you with breath-taking views of endless green forests and sightings of rare species such as the white-cheeked gibbons, leopards, bears and wild dogs.
Discover the similarities and differences between these neighbouring countries as you travel on our Authentic Indochina itinerary.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Luang Say Lodge (Pakbeng)
At the midway point between Luang Prabang and the Thai border you will break your journey at the beautiful Luang Say Lodge, located on the banks of the river in the small village of Pakbeng. Set against a backdrop of mountainous jungle. the property's large pavilions of solid teak and rosewood all have beautiful vistas looking out over the Mekong River. The traditional Laotian architecture provides accommodation of comfort and character, each bedroom equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.
Moon Garden Homestay (Hanoi)
Moon Garden offers a unique proposition: a rural eco-retreat one hour west of Hanoi city, providing visitors an opportunity to engage in local Vietnamese activities, from farming to fishing to cooking
The property sits on a low hillside overlooking an attractive landscape of ponds and rice paddies, and is situated within easy cycling distance of Duong Lam ancient village, one of the finest preserved traditional Viet villages in the country. Accommodation is unique, comfortable and tastefully designed from reconstructed traditional homes, complete with antique furniture and decoration from around the region. For those not interested in joining in the daily activity schedule the rural setting is perfect for relaxation, aided by the herbal footbaths provided as part of the package.
Topas Eco Lodge (Sapa)
A beautiful set of eco-friendly bungalows.
Situated on a hill top 45 minutes outside of Sapa, Topas Eco Lodge is an excellent location to really enjoy the stunning scenery. Outside of town, it is in a quiet area that really aids you in accessing some of the more remote parts of the region.
Thavonsouk (Vang Vieng)
The Thavonsouk is the best value hotel in Vang Vieng made up of a row of pretty white bungalows. Although an old hotel, it is spotlessly clean with immaculate gardens. The location is perfect; right on the banks of the Mekong River with to-die-for views of Vang Vieng's spectacular karst mountains. Rooms are simple but have everything you need with decent beds, TVs, air conditioning and en-suite shower rooms. There is a restaurant attached to the hotel, although it's also just a short walk to the many bars and restaurants in town.
Sol Bungalows (Mai Chau)
Use these elegant bungalows as your base for exploring the stunning surrounds of Mai Chau
Sol Bungalows offers visitors a unique stay here in Mai Chau consisting of well appointed low rise semi-detached bungalows overlooking the rice paddies, mountains and impressive herb garden. Each bungalow has a private balcony, en-suite facilities and Air Conditioning. The rooms are simply styled, and are all bright and airy. The Sol Bungalows offers a wonderful spot to base yourself whilst exploring the surrounding area.
The Sapa View Hotel (Sapa)
Opened in 2011, this cosy 26 room hotel blends traditional wood furniture, local handicrafts and tapestries with modern facilities: wide head showers, comfy duvets and flat screen TVs. All rooms are provided with electric blankets and this is the only hotel in Sapa to have working fireplaces ineach guest room - perfect in Sapa's cold winter months. Both the hotel's restaurant and the cafe/bar area serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and traditional music is performed in the cafe every evening. The cafe is our favourite spot to sit, with a good coffee machine and tasteful crafts made by the local Hmong tribe for sale here. The one drawback to this hotel is the lack of elevator and it's a long way up to the 5th floor! But the balcony views across the Sapa valley are fantastic, so well worth the climb we think.